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Trump denies asking FBI to drop Flynn probe Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): US President Donald Trump denied Sunday having asked then FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about discussions with Russia.  "I never asked Comey to stop..

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Trump tax overhaul on verge of passage in US Senate

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The US Senate was poised early Saturday to pass historic tax reform, a crucial step toward delivering a major legislative victory for President Donald Trump after Republican holdouts lined up behind the controversial bill.  With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claiming..

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16 dead, 100 missing as cyclone hits India, Sri Lanka Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

NEW DELHI, (AFP): A powerful cyclone has killed at least 16 people across India and Sri Lanka, uprooting trees and cutting power for millions amid warnings Friday that the storm would intensify.  Disaster officials said nine people were killed in India and seven in neighbouring Sri Lanka, most..

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London mayor urges UK’s May to cancel Trump state visit

LONDON, (AP): The mayor of London on Thursday added his voice to mounting calls for President Donald Trump's state visit to the U.K. to be canceled over his retweets of a British far-right group. Sadiq Khan said Trump has promoted "a vile, extremist group" and an official visit by him to Britain..

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Two Americans fined in Thailand for ‘butt selfie’ at temple Thursday, November 30th, 2017

BANGKOK, (REUTERS): Thai authorities have fined two American tourists for public indecency for posing for a "butt selfie" in front of a famous Buddhist temple, police said on Wednesday. The two, who police identified as Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, were arrested late on Tuesday at..

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N. Korea says it is nuclear state with US in missile strike range Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

SEOUL, (AFP): North Korea said Wednesday it had achieved its goal of becoming a nuclear state after successfully testing a new intercontinental ballistic missile that put the "whole mainland of the US" within its range. After watching the launch of the Hwasong-15, the North's leader Kim Jong-Un..

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N. Korea tests ICBM in fresh challenge to Trump

SEOUL, (AFP): North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a missile that could bring the entire continental United States within range, ramping up its nuclear strike threat in a major challenge to President Donald Trump.  The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch snapped a two-month pause in..

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Prince Harry says he fell for Markle ‘first time we met’ Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

LONDON, (AFP): Britain's Prince Harry said Monday that he knew he wanted to marry Meghan Markle "the very first time we met", as they appeared together shortly after announcing their engagement.  The suited prince said he was "thrilled" as he held hands with the US actress, wearing a white coat,..

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Mugabe accepts ousting and is ‘quite jovial’: nephew Sunday, November 26th, 2017

HARARE, (AFP): Robert Mugabe's nephew said Sunday the ousted Zimbabwean president was in good health and "quite jovial" after being forced to resign when a military takeover ended his 37 years in power. "He is fine. I have been to see him, he is quite jovial," Leo Mugabe, son of Mugabe's late..

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13 Myanmar passengers killed in Thai van crash: police Saturday, November 25th, 2017

BANGKOK, (AFP): Thirteen Burmese people were killed Friday when their van collided with a truck in central Thailand and burst into flames, police said, the latest gruesome accident on the kingdom's notoriously dangerous roads.  The van was travelling from the border town of Mae Sot, a common..

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Zimbabwe’s next leader prepares to take power Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

HARARE, (AFP): Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa was preparing Thursday for his new role as president after a triumphant return home following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe, ending 37 years of authoritarian rule.  Mnangagwa, who has close ties to the army and the security..

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US condemns ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Myanmar’s Rohingya Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The United States on Wednesday toughened its stance on Myanmar, accusing the country's security forces of perpetrating "horrendous atrocities" against the Rohingya that amount to "ethnic cleansing" of the Muslim minority.  The statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,..

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How Trump Is Destroying The GOP – OpEd Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

America has never had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn’t good news for the..